Nicole de Paula

Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow Nicole de Paula holds a PhD in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. Her current work focuses on the translation of planetary health studies for policymakers. She is the Executive Director and founder of the “Women Leaders for Planetary Health” initiative, launched at COP25, and co-founder of the Planetary Health Research Group at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nicole is a member of the global committee tasked to design the Planetary Health Global Summit 2021, in partnership with the Planetary Health Alliance.


Women Leaders for Planetary Health (WLPH) is a network and knowledge hub that operates at the intersection between human and ecosystem health, and gender equity. Its mission is to bridge the inequality gap that still exists related to gender in leadership roles, while demonstrating the benefits of gender equality for sound environmental and public health solutions, particularly in the Global South. WLPH was launched at the UN Climate Summit in 2019 (COP25) with the support of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany.

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All contributions by Nicole de Paula

Planetary Health: Recommendations for a Post-Pandemic World
Quinoa could have a huge potential in Central Asia, where the Aral Sea Basin has been especially hard-hit by salinisation.

Planetary Health: Recommendations for a Post-Pandemic World

A contribution by Dr. Kathleen Mar and Dr. Nicole de Paula

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, health is receiving unprecedented public and political attention. Yet the fact that climate change is also affecting the environmental and social determinants of health in a profound and far-reaching way deserves further recognition.

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